David Luiz is close to signing a new contract with Chelsea as the season nears its business end according to the Evening Standard.

The exuberant centre-back has confirmed that he is close to extending his current deal which is set to expire at the end of June. Talks of this new deal have grumbled on since the beginning of the campaign and it finally looks like pen will be put to paper on securing his future for at least another 12 months.

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Luiz was asked if he will be at the club at the beginning of next term and he said: “I think so. We are talking with the club.

“Everybody knows I love this club, I feel comfortable here and am happy here. I am doing my job very well so I think a lot is going to happen.”

“I have the job best job in the world so I have to be motivated every single day. I love football, if I didn’t love football I would not be playing anymore.”

The 31-year-old has missed just two of Chelsea’s Premier League matches all season and despite some criticism from fans, he has provided some much-need stability as well as a vital goal in the 2-0 win against Manchester City.

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The Brazilian star is three years into his second spell in West London after leaving the club for PSG in 2014 before returning a couple of seasons later. There is a greater degree of maturity now though as the two-time Ligue 1 champion has evolved into much more of a conventional centre-back especially alongside Antonio Rudiger who can sometimes be described as rather hot-headed.

News of a renewed contract for Luiz might split opinion amongst Blues fans but it must be welcomed as he is a clearly a big member of the dressing room as well as a current ever-present in the starting XI.


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